JOHN L. HEITHAUS is a tenured business executive (Merrill Lynch, Coldwell Banker, Monster.com) with proven professional competencies including global business development and marketing strategy; managing and growing large client relationships; mergers & acquisitions, as well as technology innovation and implementation. His parallel career as a musician and producer of corporate events has taken him around the globe performing as a bassist, guitarist and keyboardist and experiential event manager. His co-invention, the rock fantasy camp (1991) has been widely adopted worldwide. Heithaus and Hambridge currently run the event management company, Superstar Factory, a producer of customized events and event entertainment programs for corporate, association and private events around the globe. He holds his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business from Iona College and American Public University. He has completed Executive Programs at the University of Texas/Austin, Northwestern University and has earned a graduate certificate from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in International Business. John’s successful entrepreneurial ventures include Virtual Relocation (sold to Monster.com in 2000); Certified Closing Network (sold to First American Corporation in 2005) and TAOW Productions (sold to partner in 2005).
TOM HAMBRIDGE is a Grammy® Award-Winning Producer, ASCAP Award Winning Singer/Songwriter and an accomplished session/touring Drummer and Solo Artist. He is also the recipient of 4 Grammy® Nominations, an ASCAP Award and Blues Music Awards. In August of 2013, Tom produced 5 of the Top 10 Billboard Blues Albums, an incredible accomplishment.
Tom, aka the Hammer, has been inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and has received several Boston Music Awards. As a Songwriter, Tom has written songs for an eclectic group of singers and artists including: George Thorogood, Keith Anderson, Meat Loaf, Danny Gokey, Gretchen Wilson, Van Zant Joanna Smith and Billy Ray Cyrus, to name but a few! Countless hit songs written or co-written by Tom have been recorded by many legendary stars including: Buddy Guy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood, Billy Ray Cyrus, BB King, Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, ZZ Top, Rascal Flatts, James Cotton, Joe Lous Walker and Johnny Winter.
Tom produced George Thorogood’’s iconic CD 2120 South Michigan Avenue. In February 2011, he received a Grammy® for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Producer of Buddy Guy’’s Living Proof) and a 2004 Grammy® nomination for his role as Producer of Johnny Winter‘‘s recording I’’m a Bluesman. In May 2011, Tom received 3 Blues Music Awards for Living Proof: Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year, Album Of The Year & Song Of The Year for the title track. In 2008, Tom produced a star-studded group of musicians including Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Robert Randolph on Buddy Guy’’s CD, Skin Deep, which also scored a Grammy® nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year. He was also honored with his Fifth Grammy Nomination in 2014, for producing James Cotton’s Cottonmouth. The latest on Tom here.